Le Gage PRATT, Congress, NJ (1852-1911)


PRATT, Le Gage, a Representative from New Jersey; born in Sterling, Worcester County, Mass., December 14, 1852; educated in the common schools; in 1869 entered upon a commercial career in Boston; subsequently moved with his parents to Chicago, Ill.; engaged in newspaper work in Chicago 1884-1886; was employed for several years in the life-insurance business in Texas; was subsequently transferred to Illinois and Minnesota and continued in this business; in 1897 tendered his resignation and moved to East Orange, N.J., and in 1903 accepted a position with an insurance company at Newark, N.J., being elected vice president, which office he held until elected to Congress; elected as a Democrat to the Sixtieth Congress (March 4, 1907-March 3, 1909); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1908 to the Sixty-first Congress; resumed the insurance business and became connected with the Puritan Life Insurance Co., of Providence, R.I.; died in Newark, N.J., March 9, 1911; interment in Fairmount Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present